I’ve always loved the fantasy genre growing up. Even when I was a little girl, I had always wanted to be whisked away by some magical creature—walking into my own land of Narnia where I was the brave warrior and savior of mankind. Even today, when I listen to my soundtrack of epic music (completely obsessed!) and daydream of magical faraway places, I wish that our world had been created with a little bit more “oomph” to it. Dragons, faeries, mermaids…sexy knights in shining armor? Yeah, a little dangerous—but still, wouldn’t it be awesome?
Fantasy is wonderful YA genre. What I love most is when an author can write a fantasy novel that can fully capture my attention, yet still remain simple enough for me to understand and appreciate all the details given. Meaning: Every word of every sentence is meaningful in some way. Countless times, I’ve picked up a fantasy novel that — while wonderfully written—loses my attention by throwing too much at me at once. In a case like this, I usually end up skimming and I hate skimming. Maybe my attention span is just zilch. Nevertheless, when I come across a fantasy book that I truly love, such as The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas, I’m always eager to express my admiration.
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord Summary
On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes – and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.
First of all, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas is not even the real real novel. It’s a novella, the first of I believe four (maybe?) before the big release of Maas’s first novel, Throne of Glass. The Assassin and The Pirate Lord was an excellent read –making me super excited for the big debut later this year. S.J Maas is an excellent writer. I’ve always loved her writing ever since I read her story on fictionpress. It’s no doubt that she has gotten better over the years. To me, she writes third person narrative perfectly and is the ideal example of how YA third person narrative should be.
I love epic novels and this novella definitely lives up to being epic. Trust me, I had my epic music blasting while I read this entire novella in pretty much one sitting. I absolutely adore Celaena Sardothien. She’s got a nasty attitude, she’s arrogant, sharp tongued and beautiful. Only someone like Maas can make those traits lovable on a main character. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of that when Throne of Glass comes out. What surprised me most from this short story is how much I came to love the characters in just a short amount of time. Even Sam—who at first I thought was just some background character—became the man of my dreams. By the time I got to the last page of the book, I was crushing hard on him (now I’m completely unprepared for what Throne of Glass has in store for us). I even like Rolfe, who seemed charming in his own way. Most of all, my favorite character is Celaena, and very rarely do I end up liking the female as a favorite character in a novel.
The plot was simply great. The pacing was perfect and my heart was racing the entire time – as if I was standing (or running) next to them during the whole thing. I’m impressed by Maas’ ability to do that in such a short story. For once, I’m in love with a story that has nothing to do with the romance aspect of it. I definitely recommend you read this and of course, Throne of Glass when it debuts. I can hardly wait for the next novella which comes up soon.
Theme Music: Assassin’s Creed Revelations Theme by Lorne Balfe (especially from 3:00 onwards!)